Brad McLelland

Photo Credit: Connie West


Brad McLelland grew up in the spooky backwoods of Louisiana and Arkansas and spent several years working as a crime journalist in the South before moving to Oklahoma. In 2011, Brad earned his MFA in creative writing from Oklahoma State University, where he met Louis Sylvester, his writing partner on the Legends of the Lost Causes series and other upcoming books.

Published in 2018, Legends of the Lost Causes became an instant regional bestseller and earned Brad and Louis the 2019 Oklahoma Book Award. The second book in the series, The Fang of Bonfire Crossing, was published in 2019 and earned a Finalist position in the national Western Writers of America Spur Awards contest. Their third book in the trilogy, The Key of Skeleton Peak, released in March 2020.

Brad is a proud husband to a 4th-grade teacher, stepdad to a superhero gymnast, and dad to three furry friends: a mini-Aussie who likes to give hugs, a lazy lap cat who begs for ham, and a blind, piano-playing kitty named Ophelia who’s more popular on Twitter than he is. Brad’s favorite holiday is Halloween, and he claims he once saw a ghost in the woods while camping with his friends (though no one ever believes him).

Brad’s Favorite Books

True Grit, Coraline, The Harry Potter series, Dandelion Wine, The Illustrated Man, The Amulet of Samarkand (Bartimaeus #1), A Wrinkle in Time, The Dark Tower series, Lonesome Dove, The Thief of Always, The Golem and the Jinni, The Hate U Give, The Serpent King, Einstein’s Dreams, The Book With No Pictures, Holes

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